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FDA Issues Letter to “OTC Hearing Aid” Manufacturers

A letter by the FDA's William Maisel cautions that hearing devices cannot use “OTC hearing aids” in their marketing since the FDA definition of this hearing aid class—which would probably include severity of loss and other important safety, quality, and labeling requirements—has not yet been established.

Earlens Contact Hearing Solution Introduced with Inductive Coupling vs Light-Driven Coupling

In January 2019, the FDA approved a new and improved inductive radio power system for the Earlens Contact Hearing Solution which replaced the previous light-driven system. This article details the advantages of this change, and provides study results on the benefits of the inductive coupling system and how it is equal to or surpasses the light-driven system in several parameters.

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A Questionnaire to Assess the Subjective Benefit of Extended Bandwidth Amplification Hearing Aids

The Earlens Contact Hearing Solution has been shown to deliver greater audibility across an extended frequency range than conventional aids, but do patients notice the difference? A pilot study using a new questionnaire was run with experienced hearing aids users to evaluate the subjective sound quality they had when fit with the Earlens Contact Hearing Solution versus when they were switched back to their own acoustic hearing aids.

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Service-Delivery Considerations of Direct-to-Consumer Devices in the New Age of Rehabilitative Hearing Healthcare

While hearing care professionals might perceive OTC/DTC as a threat or detrimental to their professional autonomy and livelihood, authors Rupa Balachandran and Amyn Amlani show how there are opportunities to meet the demand of listeners with impaired hearing through the provision of revenue-generating professional services. These service opportunities allow for the preservation of the independent practice channel for those practitioners who understand and recognize the economics of the transformed, and continually evolving, US hearing healthcare environment.

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